APPLE iPHONE IN GERMANY AND UK

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First data: 10,000 iPhones sold in Germany on the first day.

More or less the same numbers are expected from the UK.

The same lines and expectation as in the USA, but not the same price:

USA: $399

UK: $568 (260 GBP)

Germany: $587 (399 Euro)

UPDATE:

“Police warned owners of Apple’s new iPhone yesterday to hide the handsets in public amid fears that they could be the target of muggers,” Nicole Martin reported yesterdasy for The Daily Telegraph.

“Scotland Yard believes that high-value handsets are the driving force behind street robberies, especially among young people.”

(First pictures from Flickr)



GREAT PICTURES IN THE BRITISH PAPERS… AND FROM THE READERS

Great pictures on the front pages of British newspapers.

And many readers sending a lot of pictures to their Web sites.

See here, here and here.

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The Guardian has the same picture of the Cathedral city but presented in a dramatic two-page spread.

A poster that will be a must for many local people!

Click on the picture and you will see it bigger.

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WHAT A COUPLE OF WEEKS!

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Le Tour de France started in London in a big way.

Like Il Giro in Italy, Le Tour de France is a fabulous “brand extension” from newspapers!

Conrad Black goes to jail.

The Daily Telegraph fails to recognize that he saved the paper and The Spectator.

He is not another Robert Maxwell, but has been presented like him.

Wrong.

They were crooks, but at least Lord Black improved his papers.

Journalists must accept the fact.

News Corporation and Dow Jones agree about the sale.

The Bancroft family wanted another buyer but nobody, nobody, offered more than Murdoch.

So, they will sell.

The New York Times is in its new building.

But the financial results are worse than ever.

The Sulzberger family and their (poor) business managers must be accountable for the failure.

The Apple iPhone is a success.

Apple and AT&T sold more than one million sets in the first week.

They could sell more than 10 million sets before the end of the year.

The new Independent on Sunday is doing better than the critics expected.

Well, we were almost alone when all the bloggers were negative.

The new, compact, Sunday news magazine works.

The new ET in Greece confirms its success.

Again, against the conventional view.

INNOVATION was right.

And the ET team did a super job!



THE DAILY TELEGRAPH MULTIMEDIA NEWSROOM: THE INNOVATION VIDEO

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Watch this exclusive video produced by the INNOVATION International Media Consulting Group in London and presented by Juan Senor, INNOVATION’s UK Director, at the World Newspaper Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.



THE EDITOR OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH SPEAKS ABOUT THE NEWSPAPERS OF THE FUTURE

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From a recent speech by Will Levis, the new editor of the Daily Telegraph who has accused the newspaper industry of having been “bloated, lazy and arrogant” and failing to wake up soon enough to the challenges of the digital age.

Lewis, in a keynote address, sponsored by the Telegraph Media Group and Editorial Intelligence held at St Bride’s church in Fleet Street, about “change and renewal” in the press, said newspapers had “taken readers for granted” and deserved the trouble some are now facing.

Those newspapers that still, ostrich-like, refused to appreciate the opportunities and benefits of the internet would face a “bleak and brutal” future.

“Having fought and won its battle with the print industry in the mid-80s, the industry became once again bloated, lazy and arrogant.

Fleet Street continued to operate on the same assumptions about its readers, just as those readers began changing their reading and consumption patterns, and in many cases walking away from the newspapers they once held dear.

And what was the response of the industry?

Not much, it would seem, except to take heart that we were all in the same, sinking boat.”

Lewis said the press only had itself to blame for falling sales.

“If the newspaper industry took a beating, it deserved one. It took readers for granted and continued to make assumptions about them that no longer held true.”

“The tough times of the past few years have been very useful in many ways.

We now know as an industry what we are not good at, be it IT, distribution, customer service.

We also have extreme clarity about what we are good at – the story.”

“Working out what people are interested in, what’s important to them, presenting information in the best possible ways.

More complex is the array of tools we can now use to tell the story.”



COLD, WET AND OH SO VERY BRITISH…

Files under FRONT PAGES, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH | May 29th

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PROMOTE YOUR COMMENTATORS

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I like very much how today The Daily Telegraph promotes one of its most famous commentators.

A strong banner with a good headline.

We are promoting promotions.

But the first thing we should promote in our newspapers is our best content.

Well done!

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WF Deedes, Baron Deedes, is an institution in the British press.

Born in 1913, this veteran journalist has been both a member of the British cabinet and the editor of The Daily Telegraph (1974-1986).

It seems that Deedes was also the journalist used by Evelyn Waugh as the model and inspiration in the novel Scoop, although Deedes himself denies this.

Waugh and Deedes had reported together from Abyssinia in 1936.



TONY BLAIR: THE BIG PICTURE

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While The Independent played the typography card today, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph played the big picture one.

In both cases, good pictures, good cropping and good front page design.



THE INDEPENDENT AND THE ECONOMIST ONLINE ARE OFF LINE

Three hours after the news from the French elections, the online edition of The Independent has no news about the results.

The same at The Economist.

No news.

No pictures.

No videos.

No podcasts.

No nothing.

While The Daily Telegraph and The Times have excellent online coverage.

Well, something is wrong at one of the best European newspapers and the influential — but lazy today — World’s leading newsweekly magazine.

Really wrong.



THE SAME PROMOTION IN DIFFERENT PAPERS

Files under THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE GUARDIAN | May 5th

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Sometimes this happens…

Today, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian offer similar CDs about “great speeches.”

10 speeches in the single CD from The Guardian.

26 peeches in the double CD from The Daily Telegraph.

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